As a graduate student in the Curatorial Practice Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I curated an exhibition titled Global Perspectives at Baltimore Clayworks in the Summer of 2013. The humbling exhibition was a two year process of working with refugee high school students from The Refugee Youth Project and researching pottery traditions from their home countries. This project allowed me to travel and research the pottery in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal and Bhutan in an effort to better understand the cultures and traditions of these amazing countries. Returning to Baltimore with this knowledge, I used clay as a medium have a cultural exchange with the students. All of the students made pieces of pottery exploring identity through mark making and working with clay. The result took shape as an exhibition with student ceramic work along side pottery from their home countries. Didactic text about the pottery traditions filled the walls with large drawings done by the students. The teens, who were otherwise shy because english is their second language, proudly discussed the work with visitors and showed off their creations. I'm so honored that this exhibition will now be traveling to the Firehouse Gallery at Genesee Center for the Arts and Education where new refugee community connections are being made and the exhibition can engage with a new audience.
-Jaimianne Amicucci, Curator
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